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KnoWhy #121 - What Kind of Earthquake Caused the Prison Walls to Fall? (Alma 14:29)
|Title||KnoWhy #121 - What Kind of Earthquake Caused the Prison Walls to Fall? (Alma 14:29)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; Ammonihah (Polity); Amulek; Geology; Missionary Work; Prison|
While Alma and Amulek were imprisoned in Ammonihah, “the earth shook mightily,” causing the walls of the prison to fall, while the people of Ammonihah “heard a great noise” and “came running together by multitudes to know the cause of it.” It is likely that a divinely-timed earthquake caused this event. If earthquakes were common, however, the noise would hardly merit such a response by the people. Grover has suggested that the noise was a peculiar feature, known as an “earthquake boom,” which is unique to a specific kind of earthquake. Nothing in this story is implausible based on historical and geological information, and God often uses well-timed natural phenomena to accomplish His purposes.
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